Red RibbonHIV/AIDS Program

The Charlotte County Health Department is committed to providing quality HIV/AIDS services to the community.  We offer testing, treatment services, and obtain medical and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS. 

 

FREE HIV Testing
No Appointment Necessary! Results in 15 minutes.
4th Saturday of Every Month in Port Charlotte. See flyer for details

Free Condoms at Charlotte County businesses. See flyer for details
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Testing

We offer confidential and anonymous testing at each of our clinic sites. We work with community partners to offer testing at other locations. For information on HIV testing, call 941-624-7200 extension 7235.

Florida residents can send their zip codes to “477493” to receive information on the nearest HIV testing center. Standard message & data rates may apply. To opt-out text STOP. For help contact support@tetherball360.com or text HELP to 477493.

Individuals who test positive for HIV are referred for treatment at our clinic or through their private providers. Partner notification and contact investigations are also conducted to identify and treat individuals who may have been exposed. We strive to treat everyone coming for testing or treatment with dignity and respect.

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The Charlotte County Health Department offers HIV/AIDS treatment for eligible patients. Services include medical visits, clinical counseling, lab work, and certain pharmaceuticals.  For more information on our HIV clinic services, call 941-624-7200 extension 7234.

Case Management Case Management

HIV/AIDS Case Managers act as liaisons between clients and organizations that provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Clients must make an appointment for an initial screening to identify patient needs, determine which programs they are eligible for, and develop a care plan. Case Managers follow clients through their care plan, making necessary modifications as patients’ needs change. Some of the medical and social service programs clients may be enrolled in include:

  • Ryan White Part II
  • ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program)
  • HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS)
  • PAC (Project AIDS Care)
  • AICP (AIDS Insurance Continuation Program)
  • Medical Care
  • Dental Care
  • Hospice care
  • Mental Health Services
  • Substance Abuse Services
For information about case management services, call 941-624-7200 Ext 7234.
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HIV/AIDS Health Education and Prevention


Charlotte County Health Department’s (CCHD) HIV/AIDS Health Education staff work as part of the Disease Control and Prevention team.  Our staff have been recognized as leaders in education on HIV/AIDS and strive to reach out to the community to encourage the prevention of illness.  The HIV/AIDS health educators also raise awareness about HIV/AIDS-related services available in Charlotte County and help individuals choose and maintain healthier lifestyles. By providing educational services and partnering with community agencies throughout Charlotte County, CCHD works to reduce the number of new HIV infections.

 

 

Our Services

  • Prevention education through community presentations

  • Providing HIV/AIDS training to health care professionals

  • Facilitating HIV counseling and testing

  • Street outreach to at-risk populations

  • Developing age-appropriate HIV/AIDS education course curriculums

  • Providing condoms and educational materials to the community

  • Conducting media relations to ensure release of current HIV/AIDS information

  •  Providing technical assistance to community-based agencies

  • Maintaining a directory of HIV/AIDS services available in Charlotte County

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Telephone Contact Us

Our offices are located at:
1100 Loveland Blvd.
Port Charlotte, Florida 33980

For more information call the Health Educator at
941-624-7200 Ext 7235.

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HIV/AIDS CEU’s for professionals in Florida:

Many professions in the State of Florida require that certified staff maintain ongoing HIV/AIDS training and CEU’s. The details on required training hours and CEU’s by profession can also be found here.

For on-line CEU’s and opportunities for HIV/AIDS training go to:

CDC - Continuing Education
Florida/Caribbean AETC Online Training
AETC National Resource Center - Online Training

 

Related Links:

The following are very useful web sites dedicated to providing current and accurate HIV/AIDS information:

  • 30 years of HIV/AIDS in America - You Tube video featuring Dr. Sanjay Gupta talking about "Thirty years after AIDS was first recognized by the CDC."

  • CDC HIV/AIDS - Provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS information on statistics, transmission, treatment, patient care, prevention, research, disease facts, counseling and testing, funding and national conferences.

  • National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) - A resource for educational materials including fact sheets, FAQs, brochures, videos, books, reports, posters and various other prevention items.

  • AIDSinfo - Up-to-date information on HIV treatments, clinical trials, prevention and treatment research.

  • CDC Features - Women & Girls HIV Awareness - HIV/AIDS: A Growing Issue for Women and Girls

  • We Make The Change - HIV/AIDS - A Florida Department of Health initiative to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS and its impact in Florida's minority communities.

  • Positive or Not - Think you can tell? - Think you can tell if we have HIV? Some of us are HIV positive and some are negative. All of us want to challenge your assumptions about HIV. Play the game and see if you can tell who is Pos or Not.
     


For information after business hours please call 941-624-7200.

Department of Health Mission: To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.
 

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